Easy but healthy meals? We all love quick meals, but what about when it comes to keeping fit, healthy and losing weight? What if I told you that easy had nothing to do with eating processed foods and everything in terms of healthy nutrition? Let’s find out how I can make that happen.
From skinny chicken stir fry to veggie stuffed peppers, these easy but healthy meals will keep you on track to your weight loss goals.
Healthy Meals in 12 Minutes or Less
Being hungry sucks (it’s a scientific fact). So why spend hours cooking a gourmet feast when a nutritious meal could be only 12 minutes away from getting from the kitchen to your plate? Skip the grumbling tummy, the hangriness, and the cranky guests, and serve up any one of these 52 healthy meals that are so quick and easy, you’ll wonder why you ever ordered takeout.
One Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup
This is about as far from packaged Ramen as you can get. Spiralize some zucchini and add it to a pot full of vegetable broth, miso packets, and asparagus. Throw some Sriracha, sesame seeds, and green onion on top for a trendy way to warm up on a cold day.
22. 10-Minute Tuna Wrap
Wraps are one of the best ways to make a quick (and healthy!) lunch. This one is filled with tuna, homemade avocado-tahini sauce, lettuce, cucumber, and bell pepper. Crunchy and delicious!
23. Avocado Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
Gluten free? You can have wraps, too! Load up some lettuce-wraps with some avo-chicken salad (a healthier swap for mayo) and garnish with radishes, lime, sprouts, and jalapeño (if you like it spicy!).
24. Turkey, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Panini
Few things in this world are better than goat cheese. And combined with avocado, turkey, and warm bread? That’s next level.
25. Open-Faced Avocado BLT Sandwich
This open-faced sandwich is a fun update on the BLT. Tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and bacon sit on top of creamy hummus for a great way to make a quick healthy lunch.
26. Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese can be healthy too, we promise! Using whole-grain or gluten-free bread, low-fat cheeses, and adding in some veggies are all ways to enjoy a cleaner version of your favorite childhood meal.
27. Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese
This tasty sweet and savory lunch is as easy to make as it sounds. Grab some white cheddar cheese, slap it onto whole grain bread, and bring in some butter and a green apple, and there you have it! Swap out the type of cheese as your please for a perfect afternoon meal.
28. Chicken Tortilla Lettuce Wraps
This ingredient list may seem hefty, not what it really does is leave you a lot of room for experimentation. The basics are a head of lettuce, chicken breast, cheddar cheese, and tortillachips. The lettuce serves as the bed for all of your tasty ingredients, and you couldn’t ask for a healthier twist on this great dish.
29. Creamy Vegan Corn and Red Pepper Blender Soup
Rainy, cold day outside? Stay in and cook up this tasty soup (it’s so quick you won’t even have to pause your Netflix to do so). This spicy, vegan concoction packs in tons of vegetables, too.
30. Easy Margherita Flatbread Pizza
Have you ever met someone who doesn’t love Margherita pizza?! We haven’t, so this is basically the perfect (and healthy-ish) dish for any pizza lover (that’s everyone, right?). The base of naan gives this pie a unique flavor that blends well with the mozzarella.
Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less
Quick and nutritious
You know the facts: Preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But let’s face it — you have other priorities taking up space in your schedule and minimal free time, so spending hours or even minutes in the kitchen isn’t always at the top of your to-do list.
So many things can crowd out meal prep (think: long hours at work, significant others, keeping in touch with family, maybe even a workout here and there).
Veggie Fried Rice
Fried rice is a dream for cooks pressed for time, and this version is no exception. Leftover brown rice works best for this, but if you’re in a pinch, microwaveable rice stands in well.
Peas, eggs, and corn get tossed with salty soy sauce and rice vinegar. Mix in any of your other favorite vegetables, too. You really can’t go wrong.
22. Spicy Cilantro Shrimp with Honey-Lime Dipping Sauce
Because it cooks so quickly, shrimp is the perfect protein for busy evenings. Season it with paprika, cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon (yes, cinnamon — it adds warmth) for maximum flavor, and sauté it in butter for just minutes.
Toss with fresh lime juice and a homemade honey-lime dipping sauce that tempers the heat of the shrimp.
23. Oven-Baked Tostadas
Crunchy oven-baked corn tortillas star in this meal. Once they’re golden and crispy, top them with refried beans or any basic beans, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, and avocado. This is one recipe to have fun with and see what combinations you can create.
24. Broccoli and Parmesan Soup
With 5 ingredients and 10 minutes, dinner is ready. Cooking the broccoli with a Parmesan rind infuses cheesy flavor into every spoonful, and a touch of soy adds umami — that savory flavor that you can’t quite describe but taste hints of (in a good way).
This pureed soup packs vitamins A, B-6, and C, plus phytochemicals that may fend off cancer.
25. Pan-Roasted Salmon with Arugula and Avocado Salad
A complete seafood dinner in 10 minutes? Oh, yes. While the salmon sears on the stove, toss arugula with a lemon–olive oil vinaigrette, cubed avocado, and Parmesan.
Once the fish is done, plate it on top of the salad. Your heart will thank you, since two servings of fatty fish weekly may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
26. Quick and Easy Black Beans and Rice
There’s a reason rice and beans is such a popular dish: It’s inexpensive and easy. But it can also be boring. Not so with this flavorful take.
Traditional Latin flavorings like sofrito, cumin, and chili powder are added to cooked rice. Toss in green chile peppers for heat and black beans for protein and you have a full meal in no time.
27. Low-Carb Chili
When you want chili and you want it now, pull this recipe out. Using your favorite store-bought salsa speeds things up, and there’s not even any dicing or chopping involved. Use ground lean beef or turkey, and top with your favorite fixings like sour cream, corn, avocado, or fresh-squeezed lime juice.
28. BBQ Chicken Pizza
Forget frozen pizza or delivery: This pie is ready even faster! Use a whole-wheat pita as the crust, and top it with barbecue sauce, red onion, mozzarella, and precooked chicken — leftover or rotisserie from the store works well.
Microwave until the cheese is perfectly melted, and then go ahead — eat the whole thing!
29. Lean and Green Tofu Stir-Fry
Stir-fries are perfect when you want a healthy meal fast. Plus, they’re an easy way to pack in vegetables.
This recipe includes onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and 2 cups of spinach per serving — that alone provides about a third of the daily recommendation of vitamin A, plus loads of vitamin K and some potassium, nutrients that are important for the health of your eyes, bones, and heart.
Meals That Make Eating Healthy Easy
Why does it often feel like healthy meals are always more complicated than the not-so-healthy ones? These recipes prove that healthy meals can be easy and actually taste good. Plus, they’re all made with five ingredients or fewer. But how to make them a meal? We’ve paired each recipe with a healthy side to round out dinner. Keep reading for easy, healthy meals to whip up this week.
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Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
Chicken is simmered in a mixture of tomatoes, pesto, and artichokes in this healthy recipe that only requires 10 minutes of prep. Pair it with some cauliflower rice to round out this healthy meal. “This is a great and easy dinner to make,” says reviewer lsvilar.
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Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp
Cajun seasoning and lime juice give plain grilled shrimp an upgrade. This would be the perfect pairing for some lemon basmati rice for a zesty summertime meal.
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Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts, Sage, and Romano
“Ohhh I could eat a bowl full of this,” says reviewer naples34102. Swap high-carb pasta for this delicious spaghetti recipe made with pine nuts, Pecorino Romano cheese, and sage. Make it a meal by adding a little chicken or baked tofu.
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Spinach-Stuffed Flounder with Mushrooms and Feta
“Incredible, but true…this dish is low-fat,” says recipe creator dakota kelly. Flounder is stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, and feta for a fuss-free healthy main dish. Top it all off with some oven-roasted asparagus, and you have dinner.
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Grilled Jalapeno Tuna Steaks
Get a healthy serving of protein and a good dose of heart-healthy fats from these ahi tuna steaks that are marinated in a zesty mixture of lime juice, jalapeños, and garlic. You can’t go wrong with these Japanese-style sesame green beans on the side.
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Parchment Baked Salmon
Wrapping your salmon in parchment paper is a great way to keep it moist and flavorful. Take it from reviewer Bibi who says, “Don’t be afraid to bake salmon in parchment. It’s a great method for keeping your expensive fish from drying out if it’s a minute or two too long in the oven.” Make it a meal with this curried cashew, pear, and grape salad on the side.
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Ultra Easy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs
Fire up the grill, and enjoy these skewers loaded with bell pepper, onion, chicken, and pineapple chunks. Reviewer kvcooking says, “So simple but what a fantastic flavor combination!” Kick the meal off with some spicy mango salsa and tortilla chips for a truly tropical combination.
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Honey Key Lime Grilled Chicken
Key lime juice is the secret to this simple recipe. You can find it bottled at most grocery stores if fresh Key limes aren’t available. “It was simple and super easy to make. The trick is to marinate the chicken for at least an hour or two. The key lime taste is great, subtle & delicious. Everyone wanted more,” says reviewer PIXIE3. This makes for a bright and flavorful meal when served alongside this heirloom tomato salad with rosemary.
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Kale and Chicken Stir-Fry
Everyday “superfoods” (kale, sweet potato, garlic, and peppers) combine with lean skinless chicken breast meat and a little peanut sauce in this quick stir-fry. “There is lots of room in this recipe to add whatever vegetables you like to make it your own,” says CookingWithShelia. Enjoy it with no-fuss perfect baked brown rice.
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Portobello Mushroom Caps and Veggie
Swap expensive, higher-calorie steak for this portobello “steak” that’s topped with onions and bell peppers. “The flavor was incredible; very filling but healthy,” says reviewer LIAMSMAMA. Pair it with kale with caramelized onions for a veggie-packed meal that’s anything but boring.